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Our Bacteria Test Kits help both private and commercial consumers detect the presence of harmful pathogens in their tap water. Our range of test kits is specially tailored to your needs. The test kit we send you contains everything you need to take the sample, incl. express delivery, instructions, ice packs (Plus & Premium tests) and free return shipping by courier. The accredited water testing laboratory analyses your sample within just a few days. Shortly afterwards, you can view your detailed assessment, which includes expert tips, online.

Water Test Kit | Bacteria Basic

2 Analytes Tested

Tests for the well-known pathogens E.coli and coliform bacteria that can be found in drinking water. Recommended for anyone who suspects their drinking water may be contaminated with harmful bacteria.

Regular price£85.00
Water Test Kit | Bacteria Plus

5 Analytes Tested

Tests for pathogenic gut bacteria such as E.coli, coliform, and Enterococci and analyses and tests colony counts at 22°C and 36°C. Recommended especially for those with weak immune systems.

Regular price£129.00
Water Test Kit | Bacteria Premium

7 Analytes Tested

As well as bacteria such as E.coli, coliform and Enterococci, the Premium test also covers pseudomonads and Legionella. Recommended for anyone who wants to or needs to take precautions.

Regular price£249.00

How does bacteria end up in tap water?

It is often the case that bacteria enters the drinking water supply through house pipes, and thus the water quality can quickly fall short of the required standards without anyone noticing. Deposits and biofilms in the pipes create an ideal breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria and germs. Legionella bacteria multiply rapidly in warm water because a temperature of 20-50 degrees celcius is optimum for their survival and growth. Bacteria like pseudomonas on the other hand are frequently found in "dead legs" or pipes which rarely see the flow of water.

Why should you test your water for bacteria?

The build up of biofilms in pipes is difficult to avoid, and so it is the responsibility of the consumer to keep an eye on any weak points by regularly checking the tap water. Test strips and rapid home tests are often imprecise and unreliable, making laboratory testing the smarter choice. Pseudomonads or bacteria such as E.coli and enterococci can cause substantial gastrointestinal problems and infections, along with serious secondary complications. The presence of germs in drinking water poses a particular risk to families with children, babies, or other high-risk groups such as the elderly, sick or immunocompromised.

Which Bacteria Water Test Kits are there to choose from?

The Bacteria BASIC Test provides a quick overview of the water quality and lets you know if there are coliform bacteria or Escherichia coli bacteria (also known as E.coli) in your tap water.

The Bacteria PLUS tests your water for 5 contaminants, including E.coli and coliform bacteria as well as enterococci, a common cause of infection (e.g. urinary tract infections). The total viable count is measured at room temperature (22°C) and body temperature (36°C). Ice packs are included in the Bacteria PLUS and PREMIUM test kits so that the test results are not skewed by the ambient temperature. The samples are kept cool during the transport process, which ensures the results are accurate. 

The PREMIUM Bacteria Test checks for pseudomonas. This bacteria, also known as a hospital pathogen, is particularly resistant and can quickly lead to dangerous lung infections in those with weak immune systems. This is a good choice for anyone who wants or needs to stay on the safe side

Pathogens in water can also cause infection when the water is used for everyday hygiene.

Legionella reside in hot water pipes and can be released into the air through shower fittings in the form of steam. During a shower this bacteria can be inhaled and can cause serious lung infections in humans, commonly known as Legionnaire's disease or Pontiac fever. if left untreated, Legionnaire's disease can be fatal. The Legionella Test quickly reveals if your water is contaminated by legionella.

Open wounds in the mouth can pose a health threat if bacteria enters them through water. It is therefore recommended that dental practices carry out regular water testing for bacteria. The Department of Health recommends regular risk assessments to ensure that the water supplied to patients is of high quality. The IVARIO Dental Test analyses tap water in compliance with ISO 17025. 

How does your Bacteria Water Testing Kit with IVARIO work?

After you have placed an order, your Bacteria Water Test will be dispatched within 24 hours. The sample is easy to take yourself at home thanks to the detailed instructions provided -no specialist knowledge is needed. The samples will then be sent via cooled delivery (PLUS, PREMIUM) to an accredited water testing laboratory. The latest methods of analysis are used to ensure your sample is quickly examined for abnormalities and contamination by bacteria and germs. You will receive your personalised test results by email or, if requested, by post. Test your water for bacteria and make sure you don't put anyone at risk.

How Water Testing works with IVARIO

We assure that water testing at IVARIO is easy. It's just 3 steps.


Take Sample

Collect your sample following our easy instructions. No experience necessary.


Send Sample

Return your sample free of charge to our accredited laboratories.


Receive Results

After just a few days, view your detailed results online with expert advice and support.

Bacteria Water Test -
Frequently Asked Questions

How can I test my water for Bacteria?
IVARIO provides three types of laboratory bacteria water test kits that differ in the analytes tested. Our Bacteria Test Kits allow private and commercial customers to identify harmful pathogens in tap water. Our test kits are customized to meet your specific requirements, and we analyze your sample within a few days, providing easy-to-understand results.
Why is bacteria water testing important?
Bacteria water testing is vital to ensure the safety and quality of your drinking water. It helps identify harmful bacteria that can cause waterborne illnesses. It allows you to take appropriate measures to protect your health.
How do bacteria enter the water supply?
Bacteria can enter the water supply through various sources, such as sewage leaks, animal waste, septic systems, or contaminated groundwater. It can also be introduced during improper water treatment or distribution processes.
What are the potential health risks associated with bacteria-contaminated water?
Certain bacteria, like E. coli, can cause severe infections and pose a threat, particularly to vulnerable individuals such as children, the elderly, or those with weakened immune systems. Bacteria-contaminated water can lead to gastrointestinal illnesses like diarrhoea, vomiting, and stomach cramps.
How often should I test my water for bacteria?
Testing your water for bacteria at least once a year is generally recommended, primarily if you rely on a private water supply or have experienced previous contamination issues. However, additional testing may be necessary if there are noticeable changes in water quality, odour, taste, or local health advisories.
What are the standard methods used for bacteria water testing?
At IVARIO laboratories, we use common methods for bacteria water testing, including microbial culture tests and presence/absence tests. These methods help identify the presence of harmful bacteria by detecting their genetic material or by evaluating the growth of bacteria colonies in water samples.
How will i get my test results?
You can view the results online and print them out in the comfort of your own home. If you prefer, you can receive the analysis results by post, free of charge. The individual results are clearly laid out and easy to understand. In addition, we compare your results with the maximum values stated in the Water Supply Regulations so that you can immediately detect potential hazards and risks in your environment. Not only do you find out if your water is contaminated, but you find out to what degree. No science degree required! The results are therefore ideal for submitting to landlords or property managers.
How long does the Water Analysis take at IVARIO?
The time it takes to analyze your water sample at IVARIO depends on the type of test you order. Most tests are completed within 5-7 business days, except for Legionella testing, which takes about 14 days. IVARIO will provide you with your results as soon as they are available.


IVARIO is an established company based in Hamburg, Germany, which has set itself the task of addressing questions about healthy living spaces simply and for a reasonable price.

As a subsidiary of the renowned GBA lab group, we are part of one of the largest European networks for professional lab services – and bring this expertise to our customers’ homes in easy-to-use end-user products. Our customers receive high-quality lab analyses for their water tests, asbestos samples or mould tests in the shortest possible time. Thanks to the IVARIO test kits, everyone can detect hazards and risks in their environment quickly, easily and professionally. Without a degree in chemistry!

IVARIO has received several awards and is recommended by the German Tenant Protection Association (Deutsche Mieterschutzbund e.V.). It is not without reason that IVARIO is the undisputed market leader in terms of the cost-benefit ratio for many products in the water and asbestos analysis segment.

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